How To Change Hair Color At Home

A Do-It-Yourself Hair Coloring Guide at Home

For the budget-conscious but with fashion-sense women, hair coloring at home is more attractive than those expensive visits to the beauty salon. Many commercial hair dyes are sold everywhere. Mostly in malls, where a complete range of every imaginable hair color shade is available. But before you rush out of your house to buy your dream hair color, read and follow the tips and techniques on coloring your own hair to avoid disasters.

Know Your Skin Tone

1. WARM

  • dark skin: gold, olive, coppery, deep golden brown, and tawny,
  • semi-dark skin: beige, creamy, peaches and cream, or ivory complexion,
  • eyes: green, brown, amber, hazel, cinnamon, topaz, and coffee-colored,
  • skin gets tan easily, and
  • visible veins under the skin are green.

2. COOL

  • fair skin: rosy pink, alabaster, rose beige, and pearly complexion,
  • semi-fair skin: olive, dark brown, dark olive, and ebony,
  • eyes: blue, grey blue, blue-green, dark green, dark blue, brown, and black,
  • skin easily burns under the sun, and
  • visible veins are blue.

3. COOL and WARM Combination

  • you sometimes burn easily, and
  • you sometimes tan easily.

Many Hair Colors of Lindsay Hogan (Photo from Flickr)
Many Hair Colors of Lindsay Hogan (Photo from Flickr)

Best Hair Color Shades for Warm Skin Tone:

  1. dark gold
  2. warm blonde shade
  3. caramel
  4. bronze
  5. strawberry blonde
  6. beige blonde
  7. light auburn
  8. light golden blonde
  9. golden blonde
  10. dark golden brown
  11. honey brown
  12. chestnut
  13. mahogany
  14. copper

Autumn Hair (Photo from Flickr)
Autumn Hair (Photo from Flickr)

Ideal Colors for Highlights (Warm)

  1. golden
  2. golden brown
  3. red

Worst Hair Coloring Shades (Warm)

  1. jet-black hair color - might make you look washed-out, and
  2. very light gold hair color - might turn your hair orange.

Linda Evangelista's Blonde Long Hair (Photo from askmen)
Linda Evangelista's Blonde Long Hair (Photo from askmen)
Linda Evangelista's Blonde Short Hair (Photo from virginmedia)
Linda Evangelista's Blonde Short Hair (Photo from virginmedia)
Linda Evangelista's Dark Boyish Hair (Photo from timesofindia.indiatimes)
Linda Evangelista's Dark Boyish Hair (Photo from timesofindia.indiatimes)

Best Hair Color Shades for Cool Skin Tone:

  1. ash gold
  2. cool brown
  3. whitish shade
  4. pale blonde
  5. silvery blonde
  6. light brown
  7. taupe
  8. ash shade
  9. burgundy brown
  10. black
  11. dark brown
  12. plum

Ideal Colors for Highlights (Cool)

  1. lighter ash
  2. silver blonde
  3. burgundy
  4. plum red

Worst Hair Coloring Shades (Cool)

  1. gold,
  2. auburn, and
  3. copper - these shades might just highlight the redness of your skin.

More Tips on Choosing Hair Color:

  1. If your hair's natural color is brown, do not pick a flashy blonde color. Just apply highlights and lowlights.
  2. Red shades are best for reddish or pinkish skin tone-but avoid strawberry shades.
  3. Do not use deep gold shades for pale skin with yellow undertones.
  4. For first-time self-hair colorists: choose hair dye with a couple shades lighter or darker to your natural hair color.
  5. For Asian or Latin women, who have silky black hair, you can use almost all hair color shades; except blonde. If you want a lighter hair color, avoid bleaching.

Best Hair Color for Blonde when Kids but Dark-Haired when Adult

  1. golden shades (as in natural blonde), or
  2. darker shades such as golden brown - would make brown or green eyes look stunning.

Child with Natural Blonde Hair (Photos from Flickr)
Child with Natural Blonde Hair (Photos from Flickr)

What is Hair Lightening?

Also known as ‘bleaching' or ‘decolorizing', hair lightening is a chemical process which involves the diffusion of natural color pigment or artificial color from the hair. This process is mostly used by permanent hair coloring and hair lightener products.

How to Highlight Your Hair at Home

4 Types of Hair Coloring Products:

1. TEMPORARY - removed in 1 shampooing. This hair colorant uses acid dyes which coat only the surface of hair. Best when more exotic colors or brighter shades of orange or red color are desired. Vibrant colors were made possible because its coloring agents do not penetrate the interior of hair shafts; with the exemption of dry or damaged hair. Products are in various forms: rinses, shampoos, gels, and sprays.

2. SEMI-PERMANENT - color stays up to 8 to 14 shampoos. This hair colorant products deposit color into hair follicles without using the hair lightening process. Do not contain a developer.

3. DEMI- PERMANENT - color stays up to 12 to 26 shampoos. Do not contain a developer, too.

4. PERMANENT - color will not be removed even with repeated shampooing. Both this and hair lightening products contain a developer (hydrogen peroxide) and alkalizing ingredient (ammonia substitute). These 2 chemicals are combined to:

  • penetrate hair fiber,
  • enter the cortex to break up melanin, and
  • replace melanin with new hair color.

Special Effects of Hair Coloring:

1. HAIR HIGHLIGHTING - Application of hair dyes in lighter shades of natural hair color to strands of hair in random sizes. Very popular to teenagers.

Hair Coloring is Simple and Easy (Photo from Flickr)
Hair Coloring is Simple and Easy (Photo from Flickr)

Types of Highlights:

Basic Foil Highlighting - uses foil to separate strands of hair while being processed.

Hair Painting (or Baliage) - uses brush to paint hair color to hair strands.

Chunky Highlights - color is applied to hair locks, instead of strands. Use bolder and brighter colors rather than the lighter and natural shades.

How to Put Color Highlights to Long Hair

2. HAIR LOW-LIGHTING - same as highlighting but uses hair dyes in darker or deeper shades of natural hair color. This also uses basic foil, hair painting, and chunking.

3. COMBINATION of HIGH- and LOW-lighting - Application of hair dyes in lighter and darker shades of the natural hair color in random sizes and locations to create an eye-catching dramatic effect. Best done in a professional beauty salon to achieve perfect and natural look.

How to Apply Hair Coloring to Own Hair

Materials You Will Need:

  • hair-coloring comb and brush,
  • fine-toothed comb with pointed end,
  • giant hair clips,
  • cotton balls,
  • petroleum jelly,
  • cleansing cream,
  • plastic head cap,
  • rubber gloves,
  • old towels,
  • old newspapers to protect the floors from color drippings,
  • a watch with timer, and
  • some magazines or books to read while waiting.

How to Apply Color to Your Hair at Home:

  1. For a first-timer: choose a semi-permanent hair dye product because this color takes 48 hours to set. Just wash your hair with a clarifying or dandruff shampoo at least twice.
  2. Read the instructions at the back of the box at least three times, or until you perfectly understood the steps.
  3. Gather all the materials.
  4. A corner in the kitchen is preferable to your bedroom or living room because it is easier to clean the mess and color stains afterwards.
  5. Always perform the strand test, also known a patch test. Apply a small amount hair dye product to a few strands of your hair.
  6. Apply protection on your scalp, around hairline, forehead, ears, and nape. Use Vaseline, avocado oil or cleansing cream.
  7. Always wear gloves.
  8. Drape an old and dark-colored towel around your shoulders.
  9. Follow the directions on the box carefully. Stick to all the precautionary statements on product labels.
  10. Use a stopwatch to avoid over-processing your hair.
  11. If you want to re-color your hair roots, be sure not to wreck them, too. Protect your roots by rubbing on conditioner. Before rinsing, gently massage the dye over the conditioned roots with your finger tips.
  12. Do not wash your hair for 24 hours, to give time for hair dye to fully settle into your hair.
  13. Smear cleansing cream on the color stains on your skin and clean off with cotton balls. To remove resilient stains, rub the area with cotton soaked in alcohol-based lotion.
  14. Rinse hair thoroughly until water runs clear.
  15. Use the conditioner included with the hair dye product. This is formulated to help your hair.

More Tips on Self-Application of Hair Colorants:

  1. DO NOT color your hair after your hair is either permed or relaxed or colored; or vice versa. You will just damage your hair through over-processing.
  2. If you didn't like your new hair coloring, do not attempt to apply another hair dye product. Go to a salon and have your hair fixed by a professional to avoid much damage.
  3. Check the color on the box, not the color of the model's hair. Look for the guideline that gives indication of resulting color.
  4. If your hair color turned out not as light as expected, mix equal parts of hair dye used and shampoo. Lather your hair with it, let stand for 5 minutes, and rinse.
  5. Wash your hair BEFORE the day you will color your hair. The natural oils of your scalp will be an added protection to your hair roots.
  6. If you are just retouching up the roots because you used permanent hair dye, be sure to apply fresh hair dye on the targeted parts only. Do not apply hair dye to your entire head.
  7. For a dramatic effect: buy another bottle with a lighter shade to your choice hair dye and brush it on the strands that frame your face.
  8. For thicker, curlier, and longer hair: get an extra box or two so that you won't run out of hair dye upon application.
  9. If you want to cover gray hair, use the permanent hair coloring product. You just have to retouch the roots every 6 to 8 weeks.

How to Cover Gray Hair

2 Stylish Ways to Hide Gray Hairs:

  1. If you still have less gray hair, choose a semi-permanent hair dye which is a shade lighter than your natural hair color. The gray strands will blend in with the new color.
  2. If you have more gray hair, use a permanent dye with ‘grayish' color to completely cover gray hair. Your gray strands could look blonde.

How to Maintain Colored Hair:

  1. Use the proper after-color care products created to protect colored hair.
  2. Revive your hair color with a color-enhancing or color-depositing shampoo and conditioner, at least once a week.
  3. Retouch the hair roots with hair dye of same color shade before they show up.
  4. For super dry or damaged hair: deep condition your hair every week, before and after coloring.

More Tips on Coloring and Highlighting:

  1. Short hair looks better with a full head color.
  2. Medium-length to long hair is made more gorgeous with highlights.
  3. Highlights that frame the face can make your skin looks blooming; so choose color that flatters your natural complexion.
  4. To achieve natural-looking highlights, use 5 different shades of hair color.
  5. Foil highlights are more difficult to retouch; while with hair painting (or baliage), touching-up is easier and cheaper.
  6. Go for partial highlights if you have thick hair. Partial means highlighting is done only to the upper part of your head, not all over.
  7. To have an interesting ponytail, have partial highlights applied to your hair strands that will show when tied up.
  8. If you live in NY or LA, you will look hot and trendy when you have grown-out roots of about an inch or so.
  9. Blonde highlights to light brown hair or dark blonde hair gives vigor to your hair.
  10. Dark lowlights to blonde hair creates artistic contrast.

Love Your Hair (Photo from Flickr)
Love Your Hair (Photo from Flickr)

Important Precautions on Hair Colorants:

  1. Excessive and/or reckless use of hair coloring can cause hair damage.
  2. Earlier hair coloring products contain harmful chemicals; so check the labels thoroughly.
  3. Skin allergic reactions are sometimes developed with use of permanent hair coloring; so perform a skin test, as well as the patch test.

Always think that hair coloring is an effective tool used to enhance or create good looks. Use it sensibly.

Basic Foil Highlighting - Part 1

Basic Foil Highlighting - Part 2

Basic Foil Highlighting - Part 3

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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

Excellent, thorough hub! Thanks for all the great info :)


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Thanks for the compliment, Amy Jane. It'll keep me goin':)


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acupuncturepoints 8 years ago

Awesome hub! Lots of great information and instructions! Thanks!


rosie 8 years ago

thanks this helped alot! =)


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

You're welcome, acupuncturepoints. Your long silky black hair should look great with highlights:) Thank you!

I'm glad this hub helped you, Rosie. Thanks for dropping by!


stephanie 8 years ago

what do i do if i highlighted my hair and its not really even, and its yellow in some parts, do i get brown low lights, or should i use colorfix????


stephanie 8 years ago

continued...oh yea.... and if i use colorfix what color will it turn my hair? my hair is dirty blonde, and i highlighted it for the first time yesterday and i didn't like the way it turned out, its too yellowish, please help email me at mrshall0708@yahoo.com cuz i doubt i can find this site again


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Thank you for reading this hub, Stephanie. You're lucky if you used semi-permanent hair colorant because you can still wash it off by shampooing twice and rinsing very well. DO NOT recolor your hair, you might damage it further. The best thing you can do is go to your local hair salon with good standing. They can recolor your hair with minimum damage. They can also advise you the right hair color shade for your skin tone. Hope that helped:)


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

There are some good tips here.


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myi4u 8 years ago from United Kingdom

very nice and detail information


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Holy cow, this is so detailed! Terrific hub, Live N Learn, thx.

Question - what is the best colour for warm/cool combo?


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Hello, Shirley! Thanks for reading. The best color for warm/cool combo could be what looks good to you. Always take a patch test. If it didn't look 'palatable' do not use that shade:) Much better, ask advise from a professional hair stylist.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I will, thank-you.


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lady luck 8 years ago from Boston

you might want to add a section about dying over a previous dye job, also, you should proof your article! that's my two cents, but job well done, i enjoyed it.


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Thanks for the suggestion and the warm appreciation, Lady Luck. I'll start researching about repeat dye on previously colored hair. It's a great idea!


sharikraemer73 8 years ago

Thank you so much for helping me figure out which hair color fits my olive skin tone. The videos helped a bunch too!


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

You're welcome, Sharikraemer73!


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chantelg4 8 years ago from Northern Ontario

Excellent article, thanks for all the tips. I never thought of skin tone as being such an important determinant. I usually buy the stuff that comes out after 10 or so washes. Works for me, but I might rethink the color choice now.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Wonderful, thorough hub! You did a terrific job!


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Thank you very much, Chantelg4 and Stephhick68!


Raky 8 years ago

Excellent information live and learn.....................

Thanks for such a nice tips.....will try to follow 80% of them..

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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Thank you. I'm glad my hub helped.


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beachbum_gabby 8 years ago

Glad I found this hub. This is really excellent and perfect for my beauty needs. :)


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rajan_niku 8 years ago from India

that's a nice intresting hub


rob 8 years ago

Wow great site. Looking for some experts here to help me out. I'm a male with short spiky hair however what I wish to change is my natural copper/orangish hair color. I don't like the idea of being called a redhead. Any suggestions would really help. I was thinking of using peroxide to bleach my hair, and I've tried using Loreal hair color - Medium Ash Brown ( contains a green/blue toner?) to hide the orange colors. However after a few wash cycles since I have short hair it gets even more orange! please any help appeciated!!!

Thank YOU,Rob NY


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Hello, Rob! Thanks for reading. You must have used a semi-permanent hair colorant, which fades after several washes. I assume that you want a blond hair color because you mentioned peroxide. I would advice you to use the permanent hair colorant instead. This will not wash off but you'll have to retouch the roots. Follow this tip: 'If you are just retouching up the roots because you used permanent hair dye, be sure to apply fresh hair dye on the targeted parts only. Do not apply hair dye to your entire head.' Hope this'll help...


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sdorrian 8 years ago from Chicago

Great tips! Thanks for this informative hub!


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Thank you, Sdorrian! I'm glad this hub helped.


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2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Very thorough Hub, thanks. I have had my hair colour done professionally for several years - a practice I started after a disasterous attempt at home colour.

One tip - I have my hair slightly darker in winter/lighter in summer. This is in keeping with your advice on skin tones.


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Thank you very much, 2patricias! I'm sure, readers of this hub would appreciate that one personal tip from you. It would surely help other people out there who have the same combination of your skin tone:)


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lewgard 8 years ago from Southern Michigan

This is a great article, thanks for sharing! I learned a lot.


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

I'm happy I had a chance to share this hub. Thank you, lewgard!


dina 8 years ago

the hair color which i ve been using is dark brown coz i ve plenty of grey hair. now i m fed up of this dark shade n wants to change the color to medium golden brown.is it possible? usually i color my hair in 15 days time, but now its almost a month since i ve colored my hair. pls help. i desperately want to switch over to a lighter shade. thanks so much.

Dina


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Hello, Dina! Thank you for dropping by. Since you usually color your hair every 15 days, it is safe for me to assume that you use a semi-permanent hair colorant. That's alright if that works fine with you. It is also fine to change your hair color shade. Here's one of the helpful tips from the hub that I would like you to think of trying: "To achieve natural-looking highlights, use 5 different shades of hair color." Highlight your hair with 2 to 5 different shades of brown... Why not?


dina 8 years ago

Thanks for your answer. Actually i want to color my hair without any highlights, so that I should not be dependent on the beauty salons which i cant afford to go every 15 days. pls suggest which i can do on my own. I want my hair to be medium golden brown. Pls help.


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Hello again! You can do highlighting at home. Foil application is much complicated so use the simpler highlighting method, the hair painting or baliage. If you really don't want highlights on your hair, just use two shades lighter than your usual color brown (hair colorant) to be safe. Actually, you can get adventurous with the semi-permanent hair colorant because they can be washed off by shampooing twice if you don't like the result. (Be sure to wash it off within 48 hours.) So, I encourage you to go ahead and see yourself with a new hair color of medium golden brown. You want it so you can carry it. Cheers!


Jessica 8 years ago

Hi i love your advice about the hair coloring i really needed that. I don't know if you could help me with this but i was wondering if you knew of any hair cuts that would look good with an oval squarish face? I needed the hair color and i need a new haircut, i just really want a drastic change without cutting all my hair off.


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Hello, Jessica! Thank you for reading the hub and the nice words. About your question on new haircut, I think your hair stylist should know the best advice/answer. Do not be shy on discussing your new haircut as well as your new hair color with a professional. Personally, I think that every woman can be just like Linda Evangelista. You just have to carry your new look with aplomb so that everybody will get to like it, too... Thanks again!


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Hello, Diana! You're welcome to create a hub about herbal products. Spread your knowledge to us!


Ashley 8 years ago

Thanks fir the instructions! Great hub! I have a question about hair coloring. I currently have heavily highlighted hair( it looks almost all blonde) and I want to touh it up at home. Can I use a box color only on my roots? Going to the salon is just getting too expensive.


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Hello, Ashley! Thank you for reading. If you used a permanent hair colorant for your highlights, you will have to retouch the hair roots where the original color of your hair appears. Yes, of course, you can use a box or two of your highlighting colors (the permanent type, too) And you should retouch ONLY your roots. Just be careful:)


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Sandilyn 8 years ago from Port Orange, FL

Wow! What a hub! You really covered it all! I am impressed at how you did all the research on this.

I have colored my hair for years and thought I knew most things about it.

I did have a disaster a few months back. Maybe your readers will find this funny. I have blonde/red hair. So I get blonde color. Yes, some grey has come over the years and the sun has bleached my hair. That is why I color it.

Anyway I colored and I rinsed it. I then headed to the bathroom to style it and to my horror it was DARK BROWN!!. The box had been sealed but it was the wrong color. Always test first!!!

Needless to say I don't use that brand anymore. Use a top brand!


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Thank you for reading, Sandilyn! I also find your disaster episode funny and I can also imagine your horrific expression on your bathroom mirror. Thank you also for your very sound advice. We might sound unfair and prejudiced but oftentimes, it is always better to trust the most trusted brand.


whitie 8 years ago

I would like to know how do I do it to change my hair color. My hair is super long down my waist and I want to do something to it but I don't want to cut it. My hair color is black now. About 5 years ago I had it blond and I went to black and I haven't dye it since 2 years ago. What do I do I NEED HELP PLEASE


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Black is gorgeous on long hair. But if you're determined to change your hair color, go for highlights (the semi-permanent type) so that you won't have to suffer if you find you don't like the shades you painted on your hair. Going to a salon is expensive but it should give you satisfying results. Good luck!


kimberly 8 years ago

ummm nice page great info but i still need help .....

i have long med. dark brown hair and always pull red hate the red, what can i do?


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Hello, Kimberly! Thank you for reading. Please be kind to your "crown of glory". Do not pull your hair, even though you hate red. Try baliage or hair painting. Ask a friend to help you color your hair so that the red strands will be hidden (or recolored) to your satisfaction. Use a good brand. Good luck:-)


ruchi 8 years ago

nice tips really really helpful


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Thank you for reading, Ruchi!


sylvia 8 years ago

thanks for the advise now I know what color to use for my hair hope it turns out great


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

I'm glad! Please visit us again:)


giselle 8 years ago

good read and really helpful! will color my hair in a few days. knowing the right color for my skin tone would help me figure out which hair color to get. thanks!


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

thanks, giselle!


cthomas 8 years ago

Great article, thank you for sharing, I learned a lot!!!!


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

thank you for your warm appreciation, cthomas:)


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DigiScrapbook11 8 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

nice hub! maybe i'll color my hair this week... thanks!


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

wow! thanks for reading, digiscrapbook11!


dana 8 years ago

My hair is naturally dark brown (almost black) that is graying. I'm naturally pale, but I freckle and tan when I am in the sun, it just fades quickly. I have had my hair colored professionally for years and it is currently blonde with hilites and has become chlorine and sun damaged. I want to go darker but do not want to see any hint of red. I also want to do this myself at home. Should I use a 2-step process because of being blonde? I don't want my hair red at all, and I don't want it too dark. Any suggestions? danacat222@yahoo.com


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Thank you for reading, Dana! I'll get back to you the soonest. Promise! :-)


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

2 Stylish Ways to Hide Gray Hairs: If you still have less gray hair, choose a semi-permanent hair dye which is a shade lighter than your natural hair color. The gray strands will blend in with the new color. If you have more gray hair, use a permanent dye with ‘grayish' color to completely cover gray hair. Your gray strands could look blonde. But since you do not want blonde anymore, you might want to use a very dark brown shade instead of black -- or a combination of the two. You will look very pale with your fair complexion if you had very black hair. If your hair strands were severely damaged, I would suggest that you have hair treatment first. You can do this at home by using natural hair conditioner. Look for the products that are specially made for damaged hair. Hair colorants could easily wreak more damage to your poor hair. Hope this helped. Thanks again for reading my hub.


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Kika Rose 8 years ago from Minnesota

This was a beautiful hub! I should've read this before I colored my hair. But I got lucky, and the medium auburn with black underneath looks very nice with my skin tone (which is very fair, by the way). I've been contemplating getting highlights, but I plan on perming my hair in the next couple of weeks, so I'll have to put them off until later. Though, I suppose if I did them right away, it would be fine. Thank you for all the information you've got here! It was very well organized and I can see you have videos, too! (I can't see YouTube videos or any other kind, thanks to dial-up. O, cruel interwebz, why must thou hateth me so? lol)


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Thank you very much for reading, kika rose! I'm glad you're very serious about your hair care. Just make sure that your hair is not damaged before you perm it:) Good luck!


Carly Robinson 7 years ago

I love this colour what would you say it is cause i'm gonna go get mine done


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

I think the best hair colour is what ever nature has given you!


cutegin 7 years ago

what is th best color that i should apply in my wavy and unhealthy hair?


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Live N Learn 7 years ago from Las Vegas Author

i would suggest that you have a hair treatment first before applying hair color. thanks for reading. :)


michelle 7 years ago

Okay...not one I've been seeing...

My natural color is probably dark blonde to medium brown (born blonde). Been coloring it this way for awhile to cover gray. Last month, I colored it a mahogany color. Great look, but the silver roots make me look like a skunk. I've had it with dark hair. I want to go blonde.

I HATE - and can't - pay the professionals. I got a box of Clairol Born Blonde. It says I'm supposed to NOT color my roots until the rest of the color is what I want it to be. How in the world do you NOT get color on the roots?

Is there anything else I should know? I'm shooting for a beige blonde.


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Live N Learn 7 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Thank you for dropping by, Michelle. You can 'NOT get color on the roots' by applying cream (i.e. facial cream, hot oil cream, or petroleum jelly). The term 'roots' could also mean 'scalp'. The scalp is sensitive to chemicals so it must be protected. Beige blonde is cool. You may also use highlight technique with 2 shades of blonde hair color. Just be careful with your eyes and scalp, dear, and you'll be fine. :)


netters8178 7 years ago

Thank you so much Live N Learn.  This is the most complete and comprehensive information I've found on the internet.

I was a natural blonde until I had children, I've been coloring my hair for 10 years, actually paying a professional to highlight it.  I'm thinking my real color, according to my roots, is a light brown. My eyelashes and eyebrows are still blonde/light brown.

I have been getting low lights and high lights to obtain the most natural look.  With our state of the economy, my husband lost his job and I can no longer justify paying a professional $130 every six weeks, or $90 every six weeks, and $130 the next visit.  It depends on whether it's low and highlights or just highlights.

What is the best way to color my roots? Obviously with a brush, but would it look weird with one color on my roots and the rest of my hair highlighted? How would I use two colors on my roots?

Thanks for your help.


Venus 7 years ago

How to is quite important but most important is the choice of products for hair coloring that in my opinion should be natural ones also for natural hair dye matters...


Alicia 7 years ago

I want to color my hair black, I heard that there is a fake black dye that is dark as squid ink. Does anyone know who makes it?


Tressa 7 years ago

I just colored my whole head, I've done this before - no issues. My question it I want to highlite right after the full head color can I do this right after the whole head color dries or do I have to wait a few days todo this?


lynda weston 6 years ago

I colour my roots every two weeks because of the grey. I colour it bittersweet chocolate but it always comes out nearly black. I find the colour too harsh and simply hate it now. Would like it to be a nice chestnut brown with some blond highlights. HELP PLEASE


cassandra 6 years ago

I had dyed my hair black a few years back and it was the hardest thing to get out 3 year later but it worked and I went to a bronzed red brown for the last year..last Monday I wanted to see what a golden brown would look like without the red so I dyed it a dark golden brown and this dark golden brown reminded me of the black color...it came out a lot darker then I had expected so I really want a lighter shade of brown with golden higlights so I removed it with a color remover last night and tried a medium golden brown and it came out a reddish brown again....what do I have to do to get my desired brown with no red!


Ruth 6 years ago

My hair was dyed Mahogany Red and i didn't like it so i dyed it and it is a blonde color but the roots are still red how do i get the roots the same color same the rest of my hair!


Colleen P 5 years ago

I have natural light brown hair with blonde highlights. Everytime that I try and add low lights my hair pulls red. A hairdresser even tried using blue silver to cut the red and it was a nice dark brown for about 2 weeks then lightened to a red, even lighter than my natural hair color.....so strange. He said she has never seen this before. I love the contrast of light and dark and I cannot get the light brown I want - any suggestions???


Kajal bathija 4 years ago

Hi my hair had turned Gray b coz of bleaching and I have to colour it every 15 days is it safe to do so


Futamarka 3 years ago

В силу своего разрешения, изображение выглядит изумительно даже на плазменных и LCD панелях больших размеров, даже при просмотре в непосредственной близости от экрана шиньона. Получаемое изображение имеет высокое качество, превосходство которого над "картинкой" традиционного телевидения стандартного разрешения и дисков DVD отличимо "невооруженным глазом". Объемный звук Dolby Digital 5.1 дает новое качество ощущений не только при просмотре фильмов, но и локональных и развлекательных программ.


Queen 3 years ago

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Jam 3 years ago

Hi I have a natural black hair color and i dyed it with mahogany and now my hair is turning in 2inches black again. Can i change the color into lighter like golden blond? I dont want it to only color the roots just like what happened several times ago.


Jackie 3 years ago


malu 2 years ago

Amso much depredded i did bleach and cut down my before shade and did the new shade whch is olive colour it doesn't turn out that which iwas expected what should i do now can i recolour it without doing cutt down (bleech again)???


robert 2 years ago

last Monday I wanted to see what a golden brown would look like without the red so I dyed it a dark golden brown and this dark golden brown reminded me of the black color...it came out a lot darker then I had expected so I really want a lighter shade of brown with golden higlights so I removed it with a color remover last night and tried a medium golden brown http://www.ombrehaircolors.com/


12345 2 years ago

i have dyed my hair but colour didn't appear but have event and i want change.. what i do


P Thapa 2 years ago from India

Was very helpful.. also help me in telling if bleaching the hair is harmful.


kathy 18 months ago

Can you mix medium golden blonde and light golden blonde for one application


Kira 12 months ago

I loved the videos.

PS Indoir skydiving is awesome. You should definitely Google some videos if you've never seen the tunnels.


Hanna 8 months ago

I got a red hair color and i want to change it to brown but i can't bleach my hair because my hair was rebonded. What should i do to change my hair color?


gepeTooRs 7 months ago

Much more of this please

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